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Post by Dragon on Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:34 am

The ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is a marine fish in the family Syngnathidae, which also includes seahorses. It inhabits the coast of Western Australia. The species was first described in 2015, making it only the third known species of seadragon, and the first to be discovered in 150 years. A specimen found on shore in 2007 was 23.5 cm (9.3 in) long.

The team that discovered this species, which included Nerida Wilson, named the marine fish after its color and they believe it is so red because it inhabits the deeper waters, where red hues are absorbed more efficiently and being red colored can help camouflage.

In April 2016, researchers used an underwater camera to film a video of a live specimen for the first time, publishing their findings in January 2017. The video confirmed that the ruby seadragon has stumpy lobes, rather than the longer (weedy) or elaborate (leafy) lobes that protrude from the other seadragons in the family Syngnathidae

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Post by Dragon on Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:59 am



The elusive and delicate ruby seadragon glides through waters off the southern coast of Australia.

The ruby seadragon isn’t a mythical creature, but like its cousins, the common and leafy seadragons, this rare fish looks like the stuff of fantasy. A relative of the seahorse, it was known only from preserved specimens for nearly a century. Analysis by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the Western Australia Museum recently showed that the specimens formed a distinct species. But the animal still had never been filmed alive in its natural habitat. Now, members of the same team report that they have captured footage of theruby seadragon well-hidden in its deep habitat.

 
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Post by Cloud on Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:59 am

Aww... this makes me happy.
Interesting looking little fella.
Love how her face lights up when she talks of the discovery... nice to see
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